Freetown, Sierra Leone - April 2018 - The "Girl's Shelter Plus" department of Don Bosco Fambul, which welcomes girls in need, has led the beneficiaries of the program to a women's vocational training institute, to collecting information on courses they might decide to attend. The girls were then sent to the classes for practical experience in the various workshops of the institute.
(ANS - Rome) – Yesterday, 12 April, "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid - presented the film documentary "Love", directed by Raúl de la Fuente. The film narrates the dramatic life some girls of Freetown, Sierra Leone are forced to live. These young people, all underage, are forced into prostitution to get a meal for themselves or to pay for their studies. In short, they have to sell their bodies to survive.
(ANS - Madrid) - "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, presented yesterday, 4 April, the documentary "Love", directed by Raúl de la Fuente. The film presents the tragic reality of dozens of underage girls, between 9 and 17 years old, living on the streets of Freetown and forced into prostitution to survive. Something that might seem "normal" in a poor country like Sierra Leone has ceased to be such, thanks to the efforts of the Salesians who, in the 19 months of activity in this specific area, have already taken 149 girls off the streets and away from prostitution, thanks to education.
(ANS - Madrid) - "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, will present a preview of its new documentary entitled "Love", directed by Raúl de la Fuente, in Madrid. It addresses the exploitation of minors forced to prostitute themselves and the work of the Salesians to take them away from the streets, to help them, protect them and offer them an education in order to return them to their families.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - March 2018 - In 2017 over 140 girls benefited from the "Girls Shelter" program at Don Bosco Fambul. The girls, all victims of various abuses, were welcomed and hosted to start a rehabilitation process focused on religious, moral and spiritual dimensions. The girls pray every day, participate in religious celebrations together with the community and feel again that God loves them and takes care of them.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - March 2018 – On 23 February, after being stopped for a time due to mechanical problems, the "Don Bosco Mobil", a bus of the Salesian center "Don Bosco Fambul", directed by Fr Jorge Crisafulli, SDB, resumed its program to help young girls involved in prostitution in the areas of Congo Water and Grafton in Freetown. The program offers the young women medical and psychological assistance oriented towards social reintegration, as well as accommodation, food, clothing, non-formal education and vocational training. Since the opening of the "Girl Shelter", 126 girls have left the streets and many of them have reunited with their families, returning to school or vocational training.
Brazil – “The young helped me open my heart”
(ANS – São Paulo) – “I was born in Vietnam, in a diocesan parish, and I had the desire to be a priest. I read a biography of Dominic Savio and I loved the priest who had shaped his life. I was impressed by the film on Don Bosco. I said to myself, ‘That is the type of priest I would like to be.’” This is the Vietnamese Salesian missionary Joseph Tran Van Lich.
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Bolivia - Project to enhance skills for PDOs and TVET centers
(ANS - Cochabamba) – Taking place from Monday 21 to today, Friday, May 25, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is an initiative of strengthening and enhancing skills for members of the Provincial Development Offices and Salesians involved in the world of vocational training for young people at risk in Latin America. Participants included representatives of the Salesian Family from 15 countries in the Salesian regions of Interamerica and America South Cone, and European and US NGOs.
RMG - The devotion of Pope Paul VI for Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - The blessed, and soon Saint, Pope Paul VI was full of benevolence towards the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco. This predilection, exhibited in many circumstances of his life and his pontificate, was also manifested in the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and in the attention to her anniversaries.